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27 Jan 2014

The Benefits of a Marquee Wedding

by Fran @ Hitched

A marquee wedding has been a popular choice for British couples for as long as I can remember. Marquee weddings can cater for any number of guests, and whether you put up a marquee in a family garden, the grounds of a wedding venue or an empty field, you’ll be able to take advantage of the glorious summer weather (or use the marquee for protection if it starts to downpour). 

I recently met Lyn Sanders from Lily-Marie Wedding & Event Planning in Surrey (www.lily-marie.co.uk). As a wedding planner, she gets asked all the time by her clients for advice on how to choose the right wedding venue. Having held her own wedding in a marquee back in 2013, Lyn favours a marquee, and here are her top tips as to why! 

Images credited to Paul Simon Marquees

Location ~ you can choose where you want to site the marquee, within reason! It gives you the opportunity of holding the event in your (or a friend’s/family members’) garden which doesn't have to be big; you can be clever with any use of space.

Flexibility ~ you have the flexibility of layout and size, so the only restrictions on numbers will be based on what you choose and how the space is laid out.

Images credited to Paul Simon Marquees

External Style ~ you can choose the style to suite your theme, from a traditional canvas pole marquee to a contemporary clearspan/frame tent or even a pagoda or tipi…..the options are endless whatever the season.

Interior ~ a marquee can be your very own blank canvas; after choosing the structure, you can really put your stamp on it, from an array of different linings, floorings, furniture, and lighting, so no less attractive venue carpets, fixtures or fittings to worry about! It is totally your design from floor to ceiling.

Marquee by Ambassador Marquees

Entertainment ~ create the perfect ambience and atmosphere, with no venue sound and time restrictions; you can party until you drop (but it might be polite to warn your neighbours in advance)!

Catering ~ you have total control over what you eat as well as when and where you dine, and you are not restricted to the venue’s menu options; create the perfect food and beverage package to suit, from a formal traditional seated breakfast through to the more relaxed summer hog roast!

Marquee in the garden at Kinnettles Castle

Alcohol ~ again this is a big win over venues; sourcing wine yourself can not only result in a more interesting selection but the price you pay will be considerably less than buying from their wine list.

Budget ~ last but certainly not least, taking all the above into consideration you can have the big day you've always dreamt of without the high venues costs, with saving across the board from venue hire though to catering packages allowing you to spend a little extra on the finer detail (or that dress you've always wanted!).

Marquee wedding at Upper House Hayfield

Click here to contact Lyn Sanders at Lily-Marie if you’re interested in having her help you plan your own marquee wedding – or view hundreds of marquee wedding images here!

An image from Lyn Sanders own marquee wedding. Marquee by Alresford Marquees

Are you planning a marquee wedding? Marquee hire suppliers can be found here to help you along the way!

Fran x


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Published 27 Jan 2014 9:55 by Fran @ Hitched